The Fairlawn leadership is continuing to evaluate the impact of the COVID-19 virus on our church activities. Certain changes have been made to minimize risk of infection: most notably, we will not gather in the sanctuary at Fairlawn for the Sunday Morning Worship services, but we will be live streaming these at the normal time (10:15 A.M.). Also, some planned events are now cancelled. The calendar on this web site is regularly updated to reflect the latest information.
Go to the Fairlawn CRC YouTube channel for live streaming of the worship services and a video archive of previous services and sermons.
The Sermon Archive page has links to the resources on YouTube as well as links to audio recordings of the sermons, scripture readings, and the liturgy for each week.
At the bottom of this COVID-19 Response page we have some comments from Pastor Joel that were posted on Facebook as videos.
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What does all of this mean spiritually?
As Christians, we believe that God remains in control even when it feels like our world is out of control. The Heidelberg Catechism reminds us, “I trust him so much that I do not doubt that he will provide whatever I need for body and soul, and he will turn to my good whatever adversity he sends me in this sad world. He is able to do this because he is almighty God; he desires to do this because he is a faithful Father” (Q&A 26).
God assures us that because he “did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all,” we can know with confidence that he will also, “along with him, graciously give us all things” (Rom. 8:32). The coronavirus situation is serious and concerning. We do not know how long we need to be concerned about the spread of this virus, how many will become infected by it despite our best efforts, or what the economic impact will be. But we do know that we entrust ourselves to a faithful God and witness to his care for us in Christ no matter what is going on around us at the moment.
The early church was defined by the culture around it, in part, by the way it responded to pandemics. So as we consider our response to this present moment, we can prayerfully seek out the opportunities God has given for witness and service in the midst of this crisis. As one author has recently written, “May we – with our own pandemic – live out the wisdom and way of Jesus before a watching world.” And as we do so, we place our trust, for this life and for eternity, in the hands of the One who by his Spirit empowers us in faith and service to display the amazing love of Christ for a world in need of salvation.
3/25/2020: Video comments from Pastor Joel
Pastor Joel shares a few thoughts for us as a congregation as we navigate this uncertain season. Here is a link to his posted video on Facebook.
3/31/2020: Video comments from Pastor Joel
Pastor Joel talks about putting our hope and trust in God -- the one who loves us and give us peace and confidence. Here is a link to his posted video on Facebook.